Numerous Large Endangered Sea Turtles Admitted to Texas State Aquarium's Wildlife Rescue Center
July 21, 2022
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – From July 11th through July 21, the Texas State Aquarium's (TSA) Wildlife Rescue Center admitted eight large loggerhead sea turtles. These sea turtles were found stranded on Port Aransas beaches and suffering weight loss and other health problems which cause has not yet been determined. The sea turtles were transferred to the Aquarium’s Rescue Center from the Amos Rehabilitation Keep - ARK at UT Marine Science Institute (ARK).
The Aquarium’s operation and rescue staff quickly adapted the largest pool at the Wildlife Rescue Center to accommodate the large turtles. The ARK stabilized these turtles and the Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue and veterinary teams have taken over their care until they are well enough to be released back into the ocean.
Upon intake, our veterinary staff took a baseline measurement of the turtles’ health, including physical exams, blood samples, and weights. The TSA’s animal health team has administered antibiotics to several of the emaciated animals to prevent any secondary infections. Several turtles have washed up deceased, and upon necropsy, there are signs of starvation. Despite intensive efforts, the cause of their weight loss is unclear at this time.
“The ARK has rescued about 60 live loggerheads since April. We were running out of space for long term care and the Texas State Aquarium has generously offered their assistance.” said Alicia Walker, Program Coordinator at the ARK, “This is a huge help to us, and we are so grateful for the help of their dedicated staff.”
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